Boston High School: Maddie Dunn

Soccer: Dover-Sherborn 2, Hopedale 1

November, 19, 2011

WORCESTER, Mass. -- For the first time in school history, the Dover-Sherborn girls' soccer team was crowned Division 3 state champions on Friday, as the Raiders defeated the Hopedale Blue Raiders, 2-1.

“[It was an] epic season for us from start to finish, and when I mean by start, it started like four years ago,” Dover-Sherborn head coach Dave Wainwright. “It’s just unreal.”

“I thought that they had a great game [plan],” Hopedale’s head coach Patty Armour said. “We lost to a good team, and we were down, 2-0, and we could have easily just folded at that point and they didn’t, they played [until] the last second, we did get another goal, and I was just so happy and proud that [my squad] never gave up.”

After a rather lackluster start, the Raiders offense registered their first strike of the match, as junior Taylor Coutt, one goal, one assist), connected with senior forward Maddie Dunn, who dribbled through the Hopedale defense before depositing the ball in the back of the net. Coutt then added her goal during the opening minutes of the second half, which gave the Raiders a comfortable lead.

“[They’re] the dynamic duo,” said Wainwright. “They got their chemistry over [an] extended period of time [and] wasn’t just like there, they had to work at it, and they did, they worked real hard.”

“For us both to score today, both setting each other up, stringing passes together I think was really good, [and] really what we’ve been pushing for,” said Dunn.

Hopedale added their only goal of the game late in the second half when sophomore Leah Siefring kicked the ball past Dover-Sherborn’s freshman goalie Meghan Hall. However, the Blue Raiders comeback hopes were dashed, as the Raiders defense denied any last minute shots to preserve their final win of the season.

“It was our goal from the very first day of preseason and the fact that we were able to accomplish our goal was just unreal,” said Dunn.

“We wanted to do it for the seniors last year [and] for the seniors this year, everyone deserved it,” said Coutt.

Soccer: Dover-Sherborn 1, Norwell 0

November, 13, 2011
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The Dover-Sherborn girls' soccer team is heading to the Division 3 state semifinals for the second season in a row after defeating the Norwell Clippers, 1-0. in Sunday's South sectional final played at Bridgewater-Raynham.

Taylor Coutts scored the game's only goal in the 56th minute by smashing the back of the net from close range through a scrum of D-S and Norwell players.

“I was probably on the ground for half that time just waiting for the ball not to hit me, so it could go in over me,” said Coutts about the chaotic build up to her goal. “There were like three shots, they each got deflected but then I popped up and just kind of hit it through.”

Coutts almost doubled the lead moments later as freshman midfielder Abigail Bridge delivered a great cross into the box, but the shot from Coutts sailed just over the crossbar.

D-S (14-5-3) should have been up 1-0 early in the first half. Ellie Melanson was clean through on goal and blasted a powerful shot towards the low far corner, but was denied by the post.

Norwell’s (17-5-1) had their best chance of the game six minutes into the second half. Senior captain Allie DeBenedicts had a beautiful strike whistle just wide of the net on a shot that would have given the Clippers a 1-0 lead.

The Raiders, like they had done in the first half, controlled most of the possession with their five midfielders and were able to see the game out.

D-S will play Georgetown on Tuesday for a chance to reach the state championship.

“The girls want to win a state championship, that’s the goal we have right now,” Raiders head coach Dave Wainwright said. “But we have to take it one game at a time.”

“This is a big deal because this is as far as we got last year,” senior captain Maddie Dunn said. “We’re just striving to beat what we did last year. I think we’re just going to have to up the good work, keep playing our game.”

MIAA girls' soccer Top 20: Week 4

October, 6, 2011
Our MIAA girls' soccer Top 20 poll is now updated on the site.

Also, here's a couple of takeaways this week from resident soccer guru James Walsh:

One team to look for is Dover-Sherbourn out of the Tri-Valley League who are 6-2-1 on the season. They are lead by captains Elizabeth McMillen in the back, junior midfielder Victoria Ortega, and leading scorer Maddie Dunn. They also have a crop of talented underclassmen including junior goal keeper Julia Perlmutter and sophomore midfielder Jackie Gouldreault, who scored a thunderbolt from distance last Monday against Westwood.

No. 7 Newton North not only has the potential to make a deep run this year, but also to be a top 10 team for years to come. Senior captain and left back Sarah Perlo and co-captain Lauren Smith anchor a defense that has kept five clean sheets and goalkeeper Maddie Bledsoe is just a sophomore. Another sophomore, Christina Callahan scored twice in the Tigers 4-2 win over Needham, with freshman Anna Nesgos also scoring in that contest.

Also on the bubble is Atlantic Coast leaders Plymouth North (7-1-0). The Eagles only loss of the season came against Marshfield.

New to the poll
Lexington at No. 16
Dedham at No. 17
Marshfield at No 20

Out of the poll
Westford (5-3-1) LW 14 a 3-1 loss at Concord Carlisle last week.
Danvers (5-2-1) LW 17 A 2-1 win over Swampscott
Weston (5-3-1) LW 20 Fell to Lincoln-Sudbury 2-0

Weston claws its way to D-3 final

November, 18, 2010

WEYMOUTH, Mass. -- Weston head coach James Blackwell was laughed at by every member of his team and most of the town when he exclaimed that his team was going to win the state finals this year.

That bold statement came after a paltry six-win season in 2009, but now the Wildcats are one win away from that very promise.

Weston's amazing turnaround continued as the Wildcats edged Dover-Sherborn, 2-1, in the Division III state semifinals held at Weymouth High School. With the victory, Weston moves on to the state finals this Saturday at 11 a.m. to face the winner of Central champion Sutton and West champ Gateway.

Emma Dagres scored both tallies for Weston, who improved to 16-5-2 after not even reaching the state playoff tournament only a year ago. The junior striker scored goals in the 37th and 39th minutes of the game with the second goal coming seconds before the halftime whistle. The eventual game-winner was off a goal kick from sophomore Madeline Linde which beat the Raiders' defense and allowed Dagres to hit the back of the net in stride.

“We knew going up two goals would put it in the bag and even though they scored once we were able to manage," said Dagres. “(Blackwell) always stresses to be up two goals because at 1-0 a team can tie it up and make it basically 0-0 again."

The two goals came less then three minutes apart with Dagres keeping the ball on the ground to beat Dover-Sherborn netminder Jessica Goudreault twice in similar fashion as Goudreault challenged Dagres outside the box on both occasions.

The two tallies were just enough for sophomore goaltender Alissa Duffey, who found herself in a pickle in the second half with tremendous pressure coming from Dover-Sherborn crosses and corner kicks in the final six minutes of regulation. The Raiders had a chance to have both boys' and girls' soccer teams represent the school in the state finals, but the girls came up just short of the final prize despite controlling the offensive pressure for most of the second half.

After letting up a Maddie Dunn goal in the 44th minute of play, Duffey settled down and was outstanding with four huge saves down the stretch to save the one-goal win. The victory gives Weston their first trip the the state finals in 11 years.

“If it's not Emma, then it's Maddy (Linde)," said Blackwell, who is only in his first year at the helm, about his two young strikers. “It seems if one is doing the scoring, then the next game the other one steps up but this is huge for our program and yeah, they laughed at me before the season but here we are now.”